The Weekly Town Crier (10/11/19)

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All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about (10/11/19 Edition).

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

RIP Rip Taylor.

Read “Social Justice Is A Christian Tradition - Not A Liberal Agenda at Sojourners.

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Teacher’s Lawsuit Reflects Evangelical Educators’ Dilemma Over Transgender Pronouns A fired French instructor says the school board’s policy didn’t allow for compromise.”

Read as Facts and Trends wonders: “When Is It OK To Walk Away From Toxic People in Ministry?” My guess is that it should be a lot sooner than most people would admit, but read the piece for yourself.

Read as Jim Wallis wonders “And Who Is Your Neighbor: “How can so many white Americans, most of whom call Jesus 'Lord,' be so disconnected from the meaning and implications of perhaps Christ’s most famous teaching?”

Read Mike Frost’s piece: “New kinds of churches really are the hope of the future.”

Read “How Augustine responded to the problem of evil without solving it When we make sense of suffering, we lose our ability to protest against it” by James K.A. Smith at Christian Century.

Read “The Utter Strangeness of Christ’s Divinity” at Mockingbird.

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Make a Joyful Silence Unto the Lord Why quiet is essential to corporate worship.”

Read: “Ancient Megalopolis Uncovered in Israel Was the 'New York City' of Its Time Period” at Live Science.

Watch as MSNBC wonders “What image portrays our national mood today?"

Read: “I Used to Be Homeless—and Here’s What Everyone Gets Wrong About It” at MSN.

ReadLeo Tolstoy on Kindness and the Measure of Love “Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness” at Brain Pickings.

Read AV Club’s report: “HBO is adding mental health disclaimers before certain shows.”

Read Washington Post’s piece: “Researchers say there’s a simple way to reduce suicides: Increase the minimum wage.”

Read “Corporations and guns: How companies are reshaping the gun control debate” at CBS News.

  • Read/watch ABC7NY’s report: “Dick's Sporting Goods destroyed $5 million worth of assault weapons.”

Read Christianity Today’s opinion piece: “David Was a Rapist, Abraham Was a Sex Trafficker What we miss when we downgrade Old Testament abuse stories to sexual peccadilloes.”

Read: “Undermining Human Rights In The Name of Religious Freedom: The Pompeo commission is at odds with Jesus' radically egalitarian teachings.” at Sojourners.

Read Juicy Ecumenicism’s piece: “Why the Red Letter Christian Movement Is Not Growing.”

Read Slate’s report: “Polish men under 40 now think the biggest threat to the country is LGBT people: The Horrifying Campaign Against LGBTQ People in Poland—and How the U.S. Has Made It Worse.”

Watch “as An Animated Michael Sandel Explains How Meritocracy Degrades Our Democracy” at Open Culture.

Read The Intercept’s opinion piece: “Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs — It’s His War Crimes.”

Watch MSNBC’s report: “Two businessmen who helped Giuliani go after Biden in Ukraine arrested on campaign finance charges.”

Read NPR’s report: “After China Objects, Apple Removes App Used By Hong Kong Protesters.”

Read CNBC’s report: “The cost of Trump’s tariffs has fallen ‘entirely’ on US businesses and households.”

  • Read Pro Publica’s report: “How Trump’s Tariffs Are Creating Jobs — for Canadians.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “The Richest Americans Are Now Paying a Lower Tax Rate Than the Working Class The U.S. government isn’t just failing to address inequality. It’s driving it.”

Read NBC’s report: “House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings subpoenas White House for Ukraine documents.”

  • Browse “A Running List Of Republicans Criticizing Trump's Ukraine Scandal” at HuffPost.

  • Sign Faithful America’s petition arguing that Christians should not support Trump.

  • Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Trump Blames Rick Perry for ‘Perfect’ Ukraine Call “I didn’t even want to make the call,” the president said while tossing the energy secretary under the bus.”

  • Read/watch “2nd whistleblower comes forward after speaking with IG: Attorney” at ABC News.

  • Read “Kelli Ward to hold anti-impeachment Arizona events for Trump campaign” at AZ Central.

  • Read “New York judge rules Trump must turn over tax returns for hush money investigation” at ABC News.

  • Read NPR’s report: “Trump Administration Says It 'Cannot Participate' In Impeachment Inquiry: The Trump White House said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and three House committee chairman that it would not comply with their requests for witnesses and documents in their impeachment inquiry.”

    • Watch MSNBC’s report: “The White House says it will no longer cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry.”

  • Read “Law and Crime’s” report: “Scottish Government Says Trump Org Refuses to Pay Legal Bills After Losing Wind Farm Lawsuit.”

  • Read Religion News Service’s report: “Christian leaders call for Day of Prayer in support of impeachment inquiry.”

  • With the White House refusing to cooperate, Read NPR’s piece: “Who Sets The Rules? When Is It Real? And Other Big Questions On Impeachment.”

Read as “Pence Makes Clear There Is No Daylight Between Him and Trump” at MSN.

  • Read New York magazine’s piece: “Pence: I Participated in the Ukraine Plot But Only As a Patsy.”

  • Watch as Colbert plays: “Mike Pence: He’s Either ‘Corrupt or Dumb’.

Read NPR’s report: “Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cannot Pay For Health Care.”

  • Read/Listen to “From Snakes To Spikes, Reporters Reveal Trump's Extreme Border Proposals: When efforts to build a border wall stalled, President Trump suggested other options — including building a trench filled with snakes and alligators, according to a forthcoming book.” at NPR.

  • Read NPR’s report: “Twitter Analysis Shows How Trump Tweets Differently About Nonwhite Lawmakers.”

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Syrian Christians to US: ‘Don’t Abandon Us Now’ After surviving a civil war and ISIS attacks, the Christian minority fears a Turkish takeover in Kurdish border region.”

Read/Listen to: “Whistleblower Explains How Cambridge Analytica Helped Fuel U.S. 'Insurgency'“ at NPR.

Read “Judge rips into Trump Education chief Betsy DeVos over student debt: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was supposed to stop collecting on former Corinthian Colleges students’ loans and forgive the debt.“ at LA Times.

Read Phoenix New Times’ report: “County Assessor Paul Petersen Indicted for 'Horrible Crimes' Involving Adoptions.”

  • Read a follow-up piece: “8 Pregnant Women Found in Home of County Assessor Accused of Adoption Scheme.”

Read “'God Is Not Going to Put It in Your Lap.' What Made Fannie Lou Hamer’s Message on Civil Rights So Radical—And So Enduring” at Time.

Read Chicago Tribune’s report: “A puzzling number of men tied to the Ferguson protests have since died.”

Read “The Ritual of American Racism” at Paris Review.

Read “I've never told anyone': Stories of life in Indian boarding schools” at MNPR.

Read “Joshua Brown, key witness in Amber Guyger murder trial and neighbor of Botham Jean, shot to death in Dallas” at CNN.

  • Read The Root’s report: “Police Allege Joshua Brown, Witness in Amber Guyger Trial, Was Victim of Botched Interstate Drug Deal.”

Read NPR’s report: “South Carolina Sheriff Candidate: I Wore Blackface 10 Years Ago.”

Read Shane Claiborne’s opinion piece at RNS: “Let’s not ask Botham Jean’s family to choose forgiveness over justice.”

Read The Root’s report: “Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Moves to Throw Out Nearly 800 Cases Involving Tainted Cops.”

Read “The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It” at Brain Pickings.

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Judge: U of Iowa Officials Have to Pay for Repeated Discrimination Against Christian Groups The recent ruling in favor of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was the second time the court called out inconsistent policies on campus.”

Read/Listen to “Grab The Train At Grace Jones, Get Off At Yoko Ono: Exploring NYC's New 'City Of Women' Map” at WBUR.

Read: “Street art is a crime Why is the metropolitan elite celebrating this vandalism?” at Spiked.

Read “The 5 richest men in the US have a staggering combined wealth of $435.4 billion. That's more than 2% of America's GDP” at Business Insider.

Read “The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness” at Brain Pickings.

Read: “Nostalgia for a Less Innocent Time: On the glory and depravity of hair metal” at Paris Review.

Read Stereogum’s piece: “Goodbye, iTunes: Once-Revolutionary App Gone In Mac Update.”

Browse Pitchfork’s picks for “The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s.”

  • Browse Pitchfork’s picks for the “The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s.”

  • Browse “Remembering the Weirdest Album Launch Stunts of the 2010s” at Pitchfork.

Browse Paste’s picks for “The 100 Best Albums of the Decade.”

R.I.P. Ginger Baker.

Read Noisey’s piece: “Wilco Haven’t Just Endured, They’ve Gotten Better 'Ode To Joy’ cements their legacy as the greatest band of our time.”

  • Read Vulture’s piece “Wilco’s Ode to Joy Is a Thrilling New Beginning for the Band.”

  • ReadWilco, Forever In Competition With Its Own Best Work, Tries Shifting The Stakes” at NPR.

  • Listen to “Wilco in 10 Songs A sad yet quirky scrapbook into the wonderful world of Chicago's finest rockersWilco in 10 Songs A sad yet quirky scrapbook into the wonderful world of Chicago's finest rockers” at Consequence of Sound.

  • Read Pitchfork’s reivew of “Ode to Joy” written by friend Jason Patrick Woodbury.

  • Read NPR’s piece: “Wilco's Jeff Tweedy On Finding Joy In A Complicated World.”

Browse as “Guitarist Bill Frisell Picks His Favorite Blue Note Albums” for Jazziz.'

Read/Listen to “Listen to former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s debut solo single, ‘Your Capricious Soul’ at NME.

  • HearR.E.M’s Gripping New Remix of Kurt Cobain Tribute ‘Let Me In’ Track will appear on Monster‘s upcoming 25th anniversary reissue at Rolling Stone.”

Read: “Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart Remembers Robert Hunter: ‘You Can’t Replace Him’” at Rolling Stone.

Read a profile of Finnish “band” Paavoharju: “"Paavoharju is not a real band," says Lauri Ainala. "Never was."

Read: “Mind Matters: Musicians on How Meditation Keeps Them Focused and Free” at No Depression.

Read Post-Punk’s report “Dead Can Dance Announce North and South American Tour Celebrating Life & Works.”

Read KTAR’s report: “Three Arizona stores to participate in Cassette Store Day.”

Watch: “Take an exclusive first-look at INXS performing ‘New Sensation’ in restored ‘Live Baby Live’ concert film and album.”

ReadNick Cave and the Bad Seeds – ‘Ghosteen’ review: a beautiful account of harrowing grief” at NME.

  • Read the Guardian’s review: “Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen review – a heavenly haunting.”

  • Read NME’s review of “Nick Cave live at Tennessee Performing Arts Centre, Nashville: extraordinary honesty and coruscating one-liners.”

  • Read AV Club’s review: “On Ghosteen, Nick Cave invites us into his bright abyss.”

  • Read Pitchfork’s review.

  • Read Consequence of Sound’s review.

Read Live For Live Music’s report: “Trey Anastasio Documentary, ‘Between Me & My Mind’, Headed To Streaming Platforms.”

ReadRihanna Calls President Trump ‘Mentally Ill,’ Talks New Album and Why She Wouldn’t Play the Super Bowl” at Variety: Rihanna explains why she'll never play the Super Bowl: “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all"

HearTears for Fears Perform Selections from Songs From The Big Chair in 1985” at Paste.

Read “Kurt Cobain’s ‘Unplugged’ Sweater Heads to Auction Again, Never Been Washed” at Rolling Stone.

Read as Quietus interviews Suede front man Brett Anderson.

Read “So Many Roads with Mike Vallely (by Mike Vallely) at Relix: A pro skateboarder straddles the line between Black Flag and the Good Ol’ Grateful Dead.”

Read Rolling Stone’s profile of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: “The Last Folksinger Ramblin’ Jack Elliott befriended Woody Guthrie, hung out with the Dead, and hit the road with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. At 88, this self-made cowboy is still on the move.”

Read “Ezra Koenig & Justin Vernon Talk Playing Beer Pong Together, Touring Hardships On Time Crisis” at Stereogum.

Read/listen to “The Story Of José Feliciano's World Series Guitar” at NPR.

Read “University of Kansas apologizes after Snoop Dogg brings pole dancers, money gun "We made it clear to the entertainers' managers that we expected a clean version of the show" at Consequence of Sound.

Read/listen to NPR’s piece: “In U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,' A Restless Search For Meaning.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece “Josh Homme announces Desert Sessions Vol. 11 & 12 Featuring Les Claypool, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, and more.”

Read “How Funk Band Vulfpeck Sold Out Madison Square Garden Without a Manager or Big Label” at Billboard.

Read “Philip Glass: ‘Everyone needs a technique, whether they’re a plumber or a cook’” at Irish Times.

Read Reverb Is For Lover’s review of One Eleven Heavy’s Desire Path.

Read about the time “Kim Gordon was sent to ‘Disney jail’ for smoking weed at Disneyland” at Dazed.

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Sinead O’Connor Plots First North American Tour in Six Years Irish singer details February West Coast run, Midwest, East Coast dates in March, April.”

Read as NPR wonders “All Ears: Music That Maps A Personal History Of Place: Place is never singular. Always layered, the meaning of a place can change based on tiny shifts in perspective. Can music bring these layers together?”

Read Something Else Reviews’ review of the recently released John Coltrane album “Blue World.”

Read “How a Newspaper Article Saved Thousands of Black Gospel Records From Obscurity” at Atlas Obscura.

Read “A History Of The U.K.’s Earthshakingly Bass-Heavy Sound System Culture In 10 Tracks".

Read TalkHouse’s: “On Joker, Fight Club and the Danger of Self-Fulfilling Cautionary Tales Filmmaker Adam Kritzer examines the seductive and deeply problematic vision of Todd Phillips' new movie, and Fincher's classic which preceded it.”

Consider Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five At 50” with Iowa Public Radio.

  • Listen to “Hear a Radio Opera Narrated by Kurt Vonnegut, Based on His Adaptation of Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 L’Histoire du Soldat” at Open Culture.

Read “In 'Horror Stories,' Liz Phair Writes Of 'The Haunting Melodies' In Her Head” at NPR Books.

Meet the “Badass Female Librarians” who “Delivered Books On Horseback in 1930’s at Bookish Buzz.

Read Variety’s report: “Live-Action ‘Inspector Gadget’ Movie in Development at Disney.”

Read The Verge’s report: “Disney is reportedly banning Netflix ads across its entertainment TV networks.”

Read Wired’s report: “Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams The British household-products maker had promised to invest $2.5 billion in EVs. Now, it says it can't produce one that's “commercially viable.”

See “Ghost sculptures in the Castle of Vezio in Lake Como, Italy.”

Read 12 News’s report: “This bar sells drinks by the hour, not the glass For an average price of $10 per hour, customers can drink as much as they can handle, the bar said.”

See “The Fascinating Science of How Trees Communicate, Animated” at Brain Pickings.

Read “New north Phoenix bookstore Enchanted Chapters caters to children with autism” at AZ Central.

Read “Glenlivet's seaweed pouch Scotch pods are a triumphant testament to the power of stupid” at AV Club.

Read “The Secret to Shopping in Used Bookstores First Step: Surrender All Expectations” at Lit Hub.

Read AV Club’s review: “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal is a harsh reminder that the food chain can’t be beat.”

Read Art News’s report “Actress Jessica Lange Is Paying Homage to Bob Dylan With a Stunning Set of Photographs Taken Along Highway 61. See Her Photos Here.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “On the Scene at America’s First Public Cannabis Cafe After years of anticipation, Lowell Café has opened in West Hollywood. For the staff and the patrons, it’s a whole new kind of experience.”

Read as National Geographic wonders “To save birds, should we kill off cats?”

Read PBS’ piece: “Record number of colleges stop requiring the SAT and ACT amid questions of fairness.”

Browse “5 Eateries With Dope House-Made Hot Sauce in Metro Phoenix” at Phoenix New Times.

Read/listen to “The Lasting Legacy Of Bob Ross And His Colorful World Of 'Happy Accidents” at NPR.

Read “A Brief History of the ‘Danse Macabre’" at Atlas Obscura.

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece reminding us poor Americans that we’ve never tried real Wasabi.

Read “Scientists hope to digitally unravel scrolls charred by Vesuvius with light 10 billion times brighter than the sun” at CNN.

Read/Listen to “Arthritis Foundation Releases Guidelines For Patients Who Want To Use CBD To Manage Pain” at NPR’s Here and Now.

Read CNBC’s report: “Researchers find e-cigarettes cause lung cancer in mice in first study tying vaping to cancer.”

Read The Telegraph’s report: “Folklore is dying out due to rise of social media, National Trust warns.”

Watch CBS’s piece: “California teen holds birthday parties for homeless children.”

Read Phoenix New Times’ piece: “9 Haunted Restaurants and Bars in Greater Phoenix.”

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece: “The Macabre Art of Baking ‘People Pot Pies’ Crafting skin and flesh from the sweet and tasty.”

Read AZ Central’s piece: “This Phoenix brewery is one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Meet the founder.”

Read/Listen to: “'Not One Drop Of Blood': Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon” at NPR.”

Read Mysterious Universe’s report: “Strange Image Captured In North Carolina Woods Is Believed To Be Bigfoot.”

Read KTAR’s report: “Arizona ranked worst state in the country for teachers.”

Read Phoenix New Times’ report: “Arizona Lost 10 Percent of Its Licensed Foster Homes Last Year, Report Finds.”

The Weekly Town Crier (10/04/19)


All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about 10/04/19 Edition.

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Read/Watch CBS DFW’s report: “Dallas Jury Finds Former DPD Officer Amber Guyger Guilty Of Murdering Botham Jean.”

  • Read NPR’s report: “Brandt Jean's Act Of Grace Toward His Brother's Killer Sparks A Debate Over Forgiving.”

  • Read “The Perverse Spectacle of Black Forgiveness” at Jezebel.

  • Read “What the Amber Guyger Case Reveals About White America” by Andre Henry at Medium.

  • Read “Botham Jean’s Brother’s Offer of Forgiveness Went Viral. His Mother’s Calls for Justice Should Too” at Christianity Today.

Browse Colossal’s piece: “Gross Domestic Product: Banksy Opens a Dystopian Homewares Store.”

See “The Paintings of Miles Davis” at Open Culture.

Seeking to answer the age of question of whether you can “jump the shark” underwater, AZ Central reports: “Playing for the sharks: Kiss announces exclusive – but affordable – underwater concert.”

Read BBC’s report: “Single malt Scotch whisky targeted by United States tariffs.”

Read “Tommy Stinson on the Replacements' New Box Set and Outdrinking Metallica” at Rolling Stone.

Read about the new Senate report that found: “The NRA acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election — providing more political access than previously known,” at NPR.

  • Read New York Times’ report: “N.R.A.’s LaPierre Asks Trump to ‘Stop the Games‘ Over Gun Legislation in Discussion About Its Support.”

HearSnoop Dogg Cover Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand” at Post-Punk.

Read “They’re Using Us as Props for the Show” Former employees at Relevant, a hip evangelical culture magazine, have sparked a sprawling conversation about race and Christian office politics.” at Slate.

Read “Sure, we'd listen to a podcast about America through the legacy of Dolly Parton” at AV Club.

ReadCreed’s Human Clay Turns 20” which begins with the classic line: “Among other things, Creed’s second album holds the distinction as the only piece of recorded music I’ve been punched in the face over.”

ReadKim Gordon on her first solo album, anxiety, and finding inspiration in Cardi B” at Entertainment Weekly.

Read about Robert Smith’s time with Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Two Nigerian Evangelicals Executed in Boko Haram Video.”

Read “Chicago’s Hidden Indie Rock Archive Over three decades, Aadam Jacobs obsessively documented Chicago’s indie rock scene. Today, the future of his roughly 10,000 live recordings is unclear” at WBEZ.

Read as Christianity Today considers a recent Pew study: “Evangelicals Trust Faith Leaders, Police More Than the General Public Pew Research found the only leaders that evangelicals are more skeptical of are journalists.”

Read about a laundry detergent that claims to smell like “Whiskey” and “Bonfire.”

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece: “Centralia Ghost Town Church A mine fire has been burning under the deserted town since 1962, but this church is still going strong.”

ReadBlack Crowes Drummer Steve Gorman’s New Book: 7 Wildest Tales About the Band ‘Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes’ paints a picture of a group in constant turmoil” at Rolling Stone.

Read Pitchfork’s review of the new Hiss Golden Messenger album “Terms of Surrender.”

ReadJ Mascis on the Nineties, Nirvana, and Dinosaur Jr.’s Forgotten Masterpiece” at Rolling Stone.

I’m not a “Wine Geek,” but I like Sake, so browse “A Wine Geek's Guide to Sake, for Beginners” at Paste.

Read IGN’s report: “Spider-Man Is Officially Back in the MCU Following Sony, Disney Announcement.”

Read this 2017 report and wonder why people weren’t as upset by this as by people confessing to plants: “'Make America Great Again' Sung to Trump by Church Choir, Copyrighted for Church Services.”

Read as Rolling Stone wonders: “Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About ‘Joker’ Is the Joker backlash mere moral panic, or does the movie actually sympathize with incel culture?”

Read New York Times’ report that the White House ambassador to Ukraine has resigned.

Read about the “Man (who) drank 7 beers before turning himself in, but there was no warrant for his arrest.”

Read Out’s report: “Arizona Governor Says Christians Shouldn't Have to Serve Gays.”

Browse a “Latino and Hispanic Theologian Book List” at Starke College and Seminary.

Read AV Club’s report: “Trump tweeted out a Nickelback meme and Nickelback got Twitter to take it down so thanks, Nickelback.”

Read Washington Post’s report: “POTUS told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the election because the US did the same in other countries, an assertion that prompted alarmed officials to limit access to the remarks.”

  • Read Slate’s piece: “Trump Implies Whistleblowers Should Be Executed, Which May Conflict With Rules Protecting Whistleblowers.”

  • Read AZ Central’s report: “Jeff Flake: 'At least 35' GOP senators would vote to remove Trump if vote was private.”

  • Read New York Times’ opinion piece: “The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write His complaint offers lessons on how to make a point.”

  • Read USA Today’s piece: “Poll: Only 4 in 10 Republicans think Trump mentioned Biden on Ukraine call even though he acknowledged doing so.”

  • Read Religion News Service’s report: “Franklin Graham on impeachment: ‘Our country could begin to unravel’.

  • Read Slate’s report: “Robert Jeffress Goes All In on “Civil War” The evangelical pastor and Trump loyalist has had quite a week.”

While we’re on the topic of impeachable offenses, read News and Guts’ report: “Stunning NYT Report Alleges Donald Trump Wanted To Find Ways To Injure Migrants.”

  • See Jack Jenkins’ Tweet: “:: stares at phone for several minutes :: . . . “The President once considered shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down at the southern border, the New York Times reports.”

  • Read the New York Times’ report which includes details such as “electrified, flesh-piercing wire on the wall, alligators & snakes in a pit.”

    • Read Aaron Niequist’s Tweet: “The loudest voices defending a serial liar caught in his web of lies are Christians. Just let that sink in. Those who claim the name of the Way, Truth, and Life are actively defending the embodiment of corruption, lies, and greed. Jesus weeps” and weep with Jesus.

Read The Verge’s report: “Elizabeth Warren says Facebook has ‘repeatedly fumbled’ its responsibility to democracy.”

  • Listen as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg explains “Why Mark Zuckerberg thinks a President Elizabeth Warren would 'suck' at CNN.

Read Vice’s piece: “'Freaks and Geeks' Understood That Popular Kids Aren't Cool At All: Twenty years ago, 'Freaks and Geeks' steered clear of the jock-cheerleader cliches to tease out high school's most relatable anxieties.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Mexico listens to more music than any country worldwide: “Mexicans listen to 25.6 hours of music a week, eight hours more than the global average.”

Read KXAN’s report: “‘True love will find you in the end’ billboard appears along I-35 honoring late Daniel Johnston.”

Read Washington Post’s opinion piece: “The ‘Billy Graham Rule’ serves only to impede careers, not affairs.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Is Racial Justice Becoming a Priority for Evangelical Voters? LifeWay Research measures political support for the issue for the first time,” which finds that “85 percent of US evangelicals say they “will only support a candidate who demonstrates personal integrity,” which causes great confusion because it may just mean that “85 percent of US evangelicals lie when taking surveys.”

Consider “The case against sermon-centric Sundays” by Skye Jethani at Premier Christianity.

Read as Eric Metaxas describes what Republicans are currently doing while ascribing it to Democrats: “Cultural elites in America have slowly persuaded themselves...that they are right on a number of issues. & if it means going around the electoral process, if it means going around the usual procedure that they’re going to do what they must” at Religion News Service.

Read: “Why the liberal West is a Christian creation Christianity is dismissed as a fairy tale but its assumptions underpin the modern secular world.” at New Statesman.’

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Metallica postpone tour as James Hetfield enters rehab "Our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years"

Read Time’s report: “CDC Says for First Time That THC Could Be Behind Vaping Deaths and Illnesses.”

Read as Paste wonders: “Is Bob’s Burgers a Low-Key Adaptation of Stanley Tucci’s Movie Big Night?”

Watch “John Turturro licks a fresh bowling ball in the all-Italian trailer for his movie about The Jesus” at AV Club.

SeeMiles Davis' Illustrations Drive A Classic Recording In New Video For 'Moon Dreams'“ at NPR.

Read “Finding a faith that is stronger than death — or my family’s rejection: My problem wasn’t with religion. It was with bad religion” by Heidi Hall at Religion News Service.

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Evangelical Advocates Feel the Sting of More Trump Refugee Cuts It’s the third consecutive year that the administration has reduced resettlement totals to record lows. Under the Trump administration, the US refugee resettlement program has fallen to a quarter of previous size, and fewer persecuted Christians and other religious minorities are making it to safety in the US.”

The marketing says: “Never lose your drink in the dark again with this light up insulated drink wrap.” We say it’s a glow-in-the-dark Koozie.

See “The Strange and Stranger Things at the 2019 International UFO Congress” at Phoenix New Times.

Read as Psychology Today wonders: “Do You See Your Partner’s Sacrifices? We may only accurately detect a partner’s sacrifice about half the time.”

Read “Consistent Doodles: 40,000-Year-Old Symbols Found in Caves Worldwide May Be the Earliest Written Language” at Open Culture.

Read Wall Street Journal’s essay: “Religion for Adults Means Embracing Complexity If you think you’ve outgrown your childhood faith, you might just need to discover the real depth of its teachings.”

Read Tim Keller’s Op-Ed piece at The New York Times from 2018: “How Do Christians Fit Into the Two-Party System? They Don’t The historical Christian positions on social issues don’t match up with contemporary political alignments.”

Read Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson’s 5-day Bible reading plan to accompany their new book May It Be So (which I profiled here).

Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s TED Talk: “How craving attention makes you less creative.”

Read The Atlantic’s piece: “What a New Theory of Attention Says About Consciousness Filtering out distractions might be more important for the brain than highlighting important information.”

Read Vulture’s report: “Netflix Orders Stranger Things 4, Teasing a World Beyond Hawkins.”

ReadCormac McCarthy on how to write a scientific (or any kind of) paper” at Boing Boing.

Read Brooklyn Vegan’s report: “Victory Records acquired by Concord.”

ReadAldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls” at Brain Pickings.

Read “The Black Woman Who Biked Across the US Alone During the 1930s Jim Crow Era Despite pervasive racism and the weight of the Great Depression, Bessie Stringfield found freedom on the open road” at Vice.

Read Pew Research Center’s findings: “Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation’s rigid partisan divisions. But the reality is that most independents are not all that “independent” politically.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Kanye West says he’s done making secular music, new album features no cursing The born-again Christian will only be releasing gospel music going forward.”

Read “The myth of the golden age of reading Even before the digital age, book-lovers were always prone to distraction” at Prospect Magazine.

Read Exclaim’s report: “Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's Former Seattle Home Is Up for Sale.”

Read The Spectator’s piece: “In praise of cultural elitism We have become so tolerant of each other’s taste that taste no longer matters.”

Read as Neuroscience News wonders: “Why do older people hate new music?”

Read about and participate in University of California’s research finding: “When it comes to politics, you’re not as rational as you think.”

Read Mic’s opinion piece: “Greta Thunberg's U.N. speech prompted ugly insults — proving her critics can't fault her actual message.”

I'm glad to see them getting the press, but it's weird to me that Pitchfork considers 75 Dollar Bill to be an "overlooked" album this year. Where have they been looking? Browse Pitchfork’s list of “overlooked” 2019 albums and, while you’re at it, peep my first post so far about 75 Dollar Bill to sample some of the music.

Read “HALL IN THE FAMILY: A Conversation With Incoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Chairman John Sykes” at Hits Daily Double.

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Pastors Don’t Do It For The Money, But Having Enough to Retire Would Be Nice.”

Read Phoenix New Times’s profile of The Rhythm Room. One of the best and long-standing Phoenix venues for live music. Remember seeing Mumford and Sons there? No, because it was sold out and packed and I was there and you weren’t!

Read about the Forth Worth public libraries doing away with late fines.

Read AZ Central’s report: “Original Alice Cooper group reunion to headline Christmas Pudding with Joe Bonamassa.”

Read The Wrap’s piece: “Fox News Host Todd Starnes Out After Suggesting Democrats Worship Pagan God Moloch.”

Read “Album Of The Week: Wilco Ode To Joy” at Stereogum.

R.I.P. “Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, rest in peace Read More: Kim Shattuck of The Muffs.”

Browse “A Snapshot of the Values, Views & Faith of Hispanic Americans” at Barna.

Read “A Wreng Among The Pornographers” by Charles Bissell of The Wrens. “As you probably know, my friend & favorite musician person, Will of Okkervil River, has been doing a subscription series of live albums spanning the Okkervil career so far (also available individually) and that he’s just released Vol. 6, A Wren Among the Pornographers. You may not know that that wren is me - I was the Okkervil guitar-for-hire spring/summer of ’08, and chiefly for that tour, opening up for the the New Pornographers.

Read “Her Side of the Story: Debbie Harry Talks About Her Life in Blondie in Her New Book” at Phoenix New Times.

Read “Michael Stipe to release debut solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’ this weekend” at Slicing Up Eyeballs.

Listen to “The Friends Theme but it's Clapping Music by Steve Reich” at Youtube.

See Aldi’s “Cheese Advent Calendar.”

Read “City on mute When you stare at your phone or use Uber to navigate your neighbourhood, you flatten the rich texture of urban life” at Aeon.

Read/Listen to “Reasons To Be Cheerful: A Conversation With David Byrne” at NPR.

Stream Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ new 11-track double LP, “Ghosteen” consisting of Cave's "fever dreams"

Read Artsy’s report: “Arts Sector Contributed $763.6 Billion to U.S. Economy—More Than Agriculture or Transportation, New Data Shows.”

Browse “5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students” at KQED.

Read as Exclaim wonders “Is David Lynch Working on More 'Twin Peaks'?”

The Weekly Town Crier (09/27/19)


All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about (09/20/19 Edition).

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Read as Christianity Today wonders “Why Chris Tomlin Still Dominates Both Radio and Sunday Morning.”

Read as Magnet considers the legacy of The Clash.

Read The Hollywood Reporter’s report: “Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds to Star in Musical Reimagining of 'A Christmas Carol'.

Read as 1A interviews Billy Bragg.

Read “Why I Created A Chapel Service Where People Confess to Plants” at Sojourners. “"Our worship seeks to witness to God’s love for the whole world, to manifest a love that goes deep and spreads wide, that transcends ourselves and becomes fully lived and embodied in the complex and diverse ecosystems of this earth and the cosmos."

Read “A Response to Recent Events” at “Relevant.”

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Fiona Apple Says She’s “Hoping” to Have New Album “Ready for Early 2020”.

Read Fox 5 Atlanta’s report: “White nationalism is now recognized as a major terror threat by the Department of Homeland Security” and consider Kyle Howard’s reply: “It’s ALWAYS been a major terror threat... it would have always been considered such if #blacklivesmatter

Read NPR’s report: “Sandusky, Ohio, Makes Election Day A Paid Holiday — By Swapping Out Columbus Day” and listen to Uncle Tupelo’s track “Sandusky” at Youtube.

Read reports that “An 'Extinct' Taiwanese Leopard Was Spotted For The First Time In 36 Years.”

Read CBS News’ report: “Trump trade war with China has cost 300,000 U.S. jobs, Moody's estimates.”

Browse as Rolling Stone considers the “40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time.”

Read report: Adam MacDougall Confirms Addition of Eric Krasno for Circles Around the Sun Fall Tour Dates and see my post: “Musical Worldview (Instrumental Edition): Circles Around The Sun, "Hallucinate A Solution".

Read as New York Times profiles Kim Gordon.

Read as PopMatters interviews Thurston Moore.

Stream a new song from The New Pornographers, “One Kind of Solomon” at Spin.

Read as Stuart Murdoch talks to NPR’s Weekend Edition about the new Belle and Sebastian album, 'Days Of The Bagnold Summer'.

Read Far Out Magazine’s piece: “David Hasselhoff releases cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain song ‘Head On’".

Browse as The Guardian considers the best books about debate.

Read NPR’s report: “The Vaping Illness Outbreak: What We Know So Far . . . The CDC now says there are 805 reported cases of vaping-related illness — and 12 confirmed deaths across the country.”

Read Slate’s piece: “The President Who Wanted Us to Stop Climate Change If only we’d listened to Jimmy Carter on renewables, consumption, and transportation.”

Read Paste’s profile of Devendra Banhart.

Read Wired’s opinion piece: "Red flag" laws help prevent suicides and mass shootings, and they buy time for people in crisis to get help.”

Hear a new Angel Olson song at The Current.

Hear Lucy Dacus cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark.”

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Young Life Voted Off Campus at Duke.”

Read Paste’s report: “Cream Drummer Ginger Baker Is "Critically Ill," His Family Says.”

Read as the San Diego Reader interviews The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle.

Read’s report: “Stanton Moore, Skerik, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, Andy Hess Teaming Up as Emerald Quintet for Fall Shows.”

Read WGNTV’s report: “Sony releases a Walkman for its 40th anniversary.”

Hear Thom Yorke on Desert Island Discs on BBC.

HearHarry Nilsson Estate Preps Posthumous Album ‘Losst and Founnd’” at Rolling Stone.

Read as Public Books reconsiders John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces 50 years later.

Consider “Why Ted Cruz was making a biblical case for gun rights after the Odessa shooting” at Washington Post.

Read AZ ED News’ report: “Severe Teacher Shortage In Arizona Continues” and vote for #redfored policies and candidates.

Read SBS’ report that Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

BrowseCaptain Beefheart's 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing” at WFMU.

Browse a “Grateful Dead Album Guide” at Rolling Stone.

Consider “The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the Internet” at Rolling Stone.

Browse “A Guide to African Country Music” at Bandcamp.

Read “A Perfect Movie: The Enduring Legacy of The Princess Brideat Christ and Pop Culture.

Hear a posthumous track from Leonard Cohen from a forthcoming collection due out this November at NPR.

Read: “Forget STEM, We Need MESH The importance of media literacy, ethics, sociology and history education” at Medium.

Read “In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell” at Billboard.

Help keep Zanzibar's only music academy open!

Read “How The Replacements’ Biggest Failure Predicted The Future Of Indie Rock” at Uproxx.

Watch Lecrae Get Baptized in the Jordan River at “Relevant.”

See some of the items from Anthony Bourdain’s estate that are up for auction.

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to Perform at Halftime Show at Super Bowl LIV.'“

Browse Paste’s picks for the 30 Best Albums of 1999.

Ever wonder what it would be like “If Mr. Bean Played Every Role In Hollywood…”

Read Magnet’s interview with Grant-Lee Phillips as “Mighty Joe Moon” turns 25.

Read Wall Street Journal’s report: “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son.” In other words, he asked a foreign country for help in U.S. elections. Again.

  • Read Washington Post’s commentary: “"It is a form of shamelessness worn as a badge of protection— on the implicit theory that the president’s alleged offenses can’t be that serious if he commits them in full public view."

  • Read The Atlantic’s opinion piece: “If This Isn’t Impeachable, Nothing Is The president reportedly sought the help of a foreign government against Joe Biden.”

  • Read “the full, redacted Trump whistleblower complaint” at PBS.

Watch a “Mexican congressman climbs U.S. border fence to illustrate that Trump's wall is 'totally absurd' at ABC News.

Read Christianity Today’s report “World Vision Flips the Script on Child Sponsorship In the ministry’s first major innovation in seven decades, the children now do the choosing.”

Read as “John Mayer Credits Dead & Company For His Change In Perspective In Heartfelt Post-Tour Note.”

Read The North Star’s report: “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes For Wearing Brownface And Blackface.”

Read NPR’s report: “Young People Lead Millions To Protest Global Inaction On Climate Change.”

Read/Listen to NPR’s report: Gang Starr, Hip-Hop's Chilliest Pair Of Heads, Returns.”

Read Oregon Live’s report: “Dr. Bronner’s soap company donates $150,000 to Oregon’s 2020 legal psychedelic mushroom initiative.”

R.I.P. Suzanne Whang, original host of House Hunters, dead at 56.

R.I.P. Larry Wallis, original Motörhead guitarist.

R.I.P. Robert Hunter.

Read Was Is Das’ review of One Eleven Heavy’s Desire Path.

  • Read Echoes and Dust’s review of the new One Eleven Heavy album Desire Path.

Read The Guardian’s review of Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album Terms of Surrender.

Read as NPR wonders “How did a bubblegum pop tune by a fictional cartoon band become the top song of the year in 1969?: 50 Years Later, The Archies' 'Sugar, Sugar' Is Still 'Really Sweet'“

Read the New York Times’s report: “Walmart to End Sales of E-Cigarettes.”

Read “Books Won’t Die” at The Paris Review: “In 1913, Thomas Edison said books “will soon be obsolete in the public schools.”

Read New York Times’ profile of Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness.

Read Stereogum’s report: “Area 51 Fest Cancelled After Only 500 Humans Show Up.”

Read Hollywood Reporter’s piece: “'Schitt's Creek' Creator Dan Levy Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios.”

Watch “Charles and Ray Eames put their 1969 spin on one of the world’s oldest toys” at Aeon.

Listen to “Scott Erickson & Justin McRoberts — If You Don't Create a Formational Practice For Yourself, Someone Else Will Create One For You” on the Let’s Give A Damn podcast. And read my profile of the newest book May It Be So from the two here.

Read Buzzfeed’s report: “Immigration Officials Want To Change References Of "Foreign National" To "Alien" In A Policy Manual.”

Read NPR’s report: “The 'OK' Hand Gesture Is Now Listed As A Symbol Of Hate.”

Hear a new track from NOLA’s Cha Wa at Relix and listen to “Chapters” by Cha Wa from the 2018 release Spyboy on Episode 21 of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Hurt your brain wondering if our own consciousness is an illusion created by our brains at Aeon.

Consider “The Intelligence of Plants” at the Paris Review.

Browse Buzzfeed’s list of “11 Great Books About Rock And Roll.”

Read as Spin talks to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline.

ReadTa-Nehisi Coates On Magic, Memory And The Underground Railroad” at NPR.

Watch the trailer for the Elephant 6 documentary at Aquarium Drunkard.

Browse “13 Books About Immigration to Read This Hispanic Heritage Month” at Oprah Magazine.

Consider “Why It Matters if your Bible was translated by a racially diverse group” at Washington Post.

Walk through the last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with Phoenix New Times.

Read ASU Now’s report: “ASU women's robotics team places first in country, third in world.”

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged Gets 25th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Featuring five additional rehearsal performances from the iconic set.”

The Weekly Town Crier (09/20/19)


All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about (09/20/19 Edition).

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Read about “Yours Apefully: The ‘Planet of the Apes’ Live Arena Show, 1976” at We Are The Mutants.

Read CNN’s report: “Jerry Falwell Jr. faces backlash over emails in which he allegedly belittled students and staff at Liberty University.”

Read/Watch: “Trump supporter Jerry Falwell, Jr. under scrutiny after exposé: "Jerry Falwell Jr. is just another con artist grifter cashing in on 501(c)(3) tax deductible status… Now it’s con artists married to a neofacist Republican party that’s all about white nationalism." by Frank Schaeffer.

Read AV Club’s report: Cops called to prevent 3,000-person hide-and-seek game in a Scottish IKEA".”

R.I.P. Eddie Money.

R.I.P. Ric Ocasek.

R.I.P. Cokie Roberts.

Read “Lupita Nyong’o Will Be Spreading Black Girl Literary Magic as HBO Max Orders Series Based on the Novel, Americanah” at The Root.

Watch “When William S. Burroughs Met Francis Bacon.”

Read “How Dr. Benjamin Spock Changed American Parenting” at Time.

Read “Jeff Goldblum announces new guest-heavy album, shares Sharon Van Etten duet” at Consequence of Sound.

Read as Relevant asks” Why Did an Evangelical Delegation Meet With the Saudi Crown Prince?”

Read “Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Low, and More Cover Wilco for New Album” at Pitchfork.

Read “A Reproducible Lifestyle and the De-emphasis of Clergy Can Lead to Movement” by Ed Stetzer at Christianity Today.

Read as Relevant asks “Who’s Ready for Kirk Cameron’s New TV Show?”

Read “Tempe Could Get Arizona's Next Artspace Lofts Development” at Phoenix New Times.

Read “New Zealand Moves To Create Firearm Registry And Stiffen Penalties For Gun Crimes” at NPR.

Read “How Grocery Stores Became A Cultural Flashpoint In The Gun Debate Women, who do the majority of household shopping, are wielding the power of the purse” at HuffPost.

Read “Edward Snowden Tells NPR: The Executive Branch 'Sort Of Hacked The Constitution' in an interview about his new book Permanent Record.

Read “Remembering Daniel Johnston, a Songwriter Like No Other” by Marc Masters at Spin.

Read “How we have failed our teachers” at CBS.

Read as “Jimmy Carter says Trump re-election would be ‘a disaster’” at AJC.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Netflix acquires exclusive rights to Seinfeld.”

Read Relevant’s report: “‘The Far Side’ Will Return to Rescue Us From Our Cultural Catastrophe.”

Read The Hill’s report: “Sean Spicer urges Dancing with the Stars fans to vote for him: "Those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted.”

Read Cronkite News’s report: “Arizona Supreme Court: Freedom of speech trumps anti-discrimination law.”

Read AZ Central’s report: “Mumford & Sons' opening act bails in Phoenix, and the band copes in a very colorful way.”

Read Business Insider’s report: “KFC is serving fried chicken sandwiched between 2 glazed doughnuts at dozens of locations, and people are freaking out.”

Read The Hollywood Reporter’s piece: “Saved by the Bell' TV Sequel With Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley a Go at NBCUniversal's Streamer.”

  • Read “Mark-Paul Gosselaar thinks it's a little weird he wasn't approached about the Saved By The Bell revival” at AV Club.

Read Phoenix New Times’s piece: “Glendale's Vic Clinco May Have the World's Largest Hot Sauce Collection.”

Read as Scot McKnight reviews Willow Creek’s job posting and comes away asking: “Willow Creek, What’s a Pastor?”

Read NPR’s report: “North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say.”

Remember the wrestling coach who made a boy cut his dreadlocks or not wrestle? Read: “Wrestling Ref Gets 2-Year Suspension for Forcing Black Student to Cut ‘Unnatural’ Dreadlocks” at The Root.

Read “No more Misfits shows after MSG,” Danzig says” at Brooklyn Vegan.

See the “Museo Bichos Querétaro (Querétaro Bugs Museum)” at Atlas Obscura.

Read Variety’s report: “Norman Lear Won’t Stop: TV Legend’s Sony Deal Renewal Takes Him to Age 100” including possible talk of a Princess Bride remake, to which Cary Elwes responds: “There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one.”

See Moby’s new Vegan neck tattoo, because who wouldn’t want to, right?!

Watch the video for Wilco’s new single "Everyone Hides" from their upcoming album Ode To Joy, due out October 04.

Hear a new Van Morrison song "Dark Night of the Soul" on Youtube.

Read Newsweek’s report: “NRA Admits Accepting Money From 23 Russia-Linked Donors.” Protecting American rights, right?

ReadRachael Denhollander’s Witness Abused as a teen by Larry Nassar, she’s become an advocate for change in her evangelical community” at Slate.

Read “The Divine in Daniel Johnston” at Tape Op.

Read Soundblab’s review of the new One Eleven Heavy album Desire Path.

ReadHiss Golden Messenger Finds Salvation in ‘Terms of Surrender’” at No Depression.

  • Read Line of Best Fit’s review of the album.

  • Read Rolling Stone’s profile.

Watch “Watch Benny Hinn Open Up About Renouncing the Prosperity Gospel” at Relevant.

Read about “Malawi Female Chief Comes To Power, Annuls Over 1500 Child Marriages, And Sends Young Girls Back To School” at I Heart Intelligence.

Read Live For Live Music’s report: “LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy To Open New Café/Bar In Brooklyn.”

Read the report: “Navy confirms UFO videos posted by Blink 182 rocker are real and should not have been released.”

Browse “The 9 Best Places to Hear Free Live Music in Phoenix” at Phoenix New Times.

View “Modern marvels: museums with spectacular architecture” at National Geographic.

Read Business Insider’s piece: “'The Dust Lady' of 9/11, a New Jersey banker, dies at age 42 of stomach cancer.”

Read Phoenix New Times’ reoport: “Arizona’s First White Castle Announces Opening Date.”

Read American Military News’ report: “Colt is ending production of AR-15s.”

Read Relevant’s report: “Abortion Is at Its Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade.”

Download “Original Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy & More” at Open Culture.

Read the New York Times’ profile of Sturgill Simpson.

Stream a mix put together by the Greyboy Allstars.

ReadBrittany Howard on Her Solo Debut, Her Black Heroes, and Owning Her Greatness The Alabama Shakes leader opens up about doing things her way” at Pitchfork.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash Session Unearthed for Bootleg Series.”

Read Vice’s report: “Bob Dylan Died 11 Years Ago, According to Siri.”

Read: “Lee “Scratch” Perry and Adrian Sherwood release remix companion to latest album, featuring Brian Eno and Bob Marley trombonist Vin Gordo” at ReGen Magazine.

Read Entertainment Weekly’s report: “Wes Anderson's next film The French Dispatch confirms cast for 2020 release.”

Read Phoenix New Times’ report: “Mesa College Fires Professor Who Promoted QAnon Conspiracy Theory.”

Read Forbes’ report: “One In Four Teachers Works 60-Plus Hours A Week.”

Browse “10 Essential Folk Albums from 2019 (So Far)” at Paste.

Read “Who Gets to Come through the Golden Door: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, the Church, and the Soul of America” by Alan Cross at Providence.

Read Exclaim’s report: “Céline Dion Is Apparently Becoming a Big Fan of the Cure.”

Read “Mike Patton on Joining Faith No More, Finding Inspiration from Tom Waits, and Being Yourself” at Consequence of Sound.

Read Real Clear Politics report of a very lucid “Conservative,” - “Glenn Beck: If Trump Doesn't Win "We Are Officially At The End Of The Country As We Know It"

Read “Becoming Bourbon” at Image Journal.

Read the New York Times profile of Patti Smith.

Read “Kim Kardashian West Tells ‘The View’ That Getting ‘Saved by Christ’ Changed Kanye’s Life” at Relevant.

Read “The Making of An Urbane Cowboy Both before and after Lee Hazlewood wrote hits for Nancy Sinatra and Duane Eddy, he was a Texas musician” at Texas Monthly.

Read Post-Punk’s report: “Depeche Mode Announce New Anton Corbijn Directed Documentary Concert Film “Spirits in the Forest”.

Read “Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin were the best band of all time” at Consequence of Sound.

Watch “Musicians Around the World Play The Band’s Classic Song, “The Weight,” with Help from Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr” at Open Culture.

See a “Sneak Peek Of New Kurt Vonnegut Museum And Library” at Indianapolis Monthly.

ReadThurston Moore Selling a Chunk of His Private Record Collection More than 300 records will be up for grabs in London.”

Read AZ Central’s report: “Taco Bell Cantina is coming soon to the former Restaurant Mexico space on Mill Avenue.”

The Weekly Town Crier (09/13/19)

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All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about. 09/13/19 Edition.

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Read “Jerry Falwell Jr. Shows How the Advance of Christendom Can Harm Christianity” by David French at National Review. Read my piece: “Americans: Stop Confusing Your Personal Cultural Values With Christianity.”

Read “Why Nobody in Hollywood Has Any Friends” at Hollywood Reporter.

R.I.P. Daniel Johnston.

R.I.P. Jarrid Wilson.

Read “Nodding To The Shadow” by Richard Rohr.

Read: “‘Simply Unacceptable’: 145 Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence” at New York Times.

Read CNN’s report: “Publix joins retailers asking customers not to openly carry guns into its stores.”

Consider “The coming death of just about every rock legend” at The Week.

Read NME’s report: “The Rolling Stones are releasing a hefty deluxe ‘Let It Bleed’ 50th anniversary boxset.”

Listen as “R.E.M. Share Unreleased Song “Fascinating” to Support Hurricane Dorian Relief” at PItchfork.

ReadSammy Brue – The Folk Rock Kid” at Salt Lake Magazine.

Read about “Wallace and Ladmo's Musical Mastermind” at Phoenix New Times.

Read PBS’ report: “Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by U.S.'“

Read ArtNet’s report: “Artist David Hockney Is Moving to France Because It’s Illegal to Smoke Practically Anywhere in America.”

Listen as “Wynonna Judd & Cass McCombs Form Duo The Frothy Pit, Share New Song “The Child” at Stereogum.

Read “A Shared Place Wendell Berry’s lifelong dissent” at The Nation.

Read/Watch “Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey to talk all things The Office on new podcast Co-stars and real-life best friends will break down episodes and reveal behind-the-scenes trivia on Office Ladies” at Consequence of Sound.

Browse “The Music That Made Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy” at Pitchfork.

Read “Dan Brown's Desire Path: Our Arts & Music Columnist's new band is quite good” at VoidLive. Browse my post about One Eleven Heavy here.

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Is American Christianity on Its Last Legs? The Data Say Otherwise.”

Read “Sounds emanating love – the story of Arvo Pärt” at Estonian World.

See “The photographer shooting a 30-year timelapse of New York's skyline” at CNN.

See the “Evolution of Picasso’s Iconic Self-Portraits From Age 15 to 90” at

Watch Chance the Rapper and Smino Perform “Eternal” on “Ellen” at Pitchfork.

WatchChance the Rapper Explain How Jesus Inspires Him to Serve His Community” at Relevant.

Read “Buttigieg Talks Being a Pro-Choice Christian” at Relevant.

ReadSun Ra Applies to NASA’s Art Program: When the Inventor of Space Jazz Applied to Make Space Art” at Open Culture.

Listen to “Jemar Tisby on Race and the American Church” at Fuller Seminary.

Read Paste’s Op-Ed: “Brewery Taprooms: Please Allow Half Pours. I’m Begging You.”

Read: “Rob Stoner :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.”

Read “Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’” at Aeon.

Read “It's Soul Music Without The Sex': Fat Possum Records' Bruce Watson Goes Gospel” at NPR’s World Cafe.

Watch the new trailer for the Michael Hutchence documentary ‘Mystify’ at NME.

Read “I Was Always Trying To Get Better”: Sonny Rollins On A Life In Jazz” at Udiscovermusic.

Read PBS News’ Hour’s report: “Share of uninsured Americans rises for 1st time in a decade.”

Read “Robert Del Naja on the technological world of Massive Attack” at Dazed Digital.

Discover “Ancient Sufi Dance: Rumi's Whirling Dervishes” at Culture Trip.

Listen to Kim Gordon’s New Song “Air BnB” at Pitchfork.

Watch “this young musician shred “Voodoo Child” on a Korean gayageum” at AV Club.

Read’s report: “moe. Announce First Studio Album in 5 Years.”

Read “Pastor and Writer Jarrid Wilson Has Died By Suicide” at Relevant.

Hear a new Matt Valentine song “Light Speed>” at Raven Sings The Blues.

Read “What I Learned From Aquarius Records, A Record Store For Big Ears” at NPR’s “All Songs Considered.”

Watch on MSNBC as Morning “Joe asks Mayor Pete about Jesus Christ being his lord and personal savior.”

Read Pitchfork’s piece: “Neko Case on Her New Album, Her House Burning Down, and Her Futuristic Feminism.”

Read: “Tennessee Senator calls higher education a 'liberal breeding ground,' calls to remove it all together.”

Hear Mary Oliver read “Her Beloved Poem “Wild Geese” at Brain Pickings.

Read “NRA Sues San Francisco Over ‘Terrorist Organization’ Designation’ at Rolling Stone.

Read “Live After Death: Inside Music’s Booming New Hologram Touring Industry” at Rolling Stone.

Read PopSugar’s report: “Schitt's Creek Season 5 Will Drop on Netflix in October.”

Read about Bonnie “Prince” Billy returning with his first new album of music in 8 years and watch the video for the new song “At The Back Of The Pit” at Stereogum.

Read: Jimmie Rodgers: “How an American country music pioneer entered African mythology” at Aeon.

Read: “Original Bauhaus lineup to reunite for first time in 13 years” at Consequence of Sound.

Read “They Don’t Think There Is Any America Left” What a researcher found when she interviewed black, white, and Latino working-class residents of a struggling coal town.“They Don’t Think There Is Any America Left” What a researcher found when she interviewed black, white, and Latino working-class residents of a struggling coal town” at Slate.

Hear “Hear U2 Discuss The Making of The Unforgettable Fire on This Day in 1987” at Paste Magazine.

Listen to a Spotify mix of my friend Justin McRoberts’ music.

Read Stereogum’s report: “Jack O’Connell To Star In Biopic About Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report “We’re Only Beginning to See the Consequences of the Bush-Era Assault on Civil Liberties.”

Read Stereogum’s report: “Courtney Love Says She Turned Down $100,000 To Attend Opioid Heiress’ Fashion Show.”

Read/Watch David Hasselhoff Covers The Lords of The New Church’s “Open Your Eyes” for New Album Full of Post-Punk Covers” at

Read “Bahamians Fleeing to U.S. Turned Away Following Sudden Policy Change” at Relevant.

Visit PopSugar’s piece: “If You Think I'm Gonna Spend All My Money on These Golden Girl Chia Pets, You're So Right.”

Read “Religious conservatives voice fears that a Democratic president will lead them to 'martyrdom'“ at Yahoo, then read my piece “Americans: Stop Confusing Your Personal Cultural Values With Christianity.”

Read/Watch “The culture of masculinity and its negative impacts on men” at PBS.

Read Sojourners piece: “Margaret Atwood On Christianity, ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ And What Faithful Activism Looks Like Today.”

StreamMiles Davis’ unreleased ’80s album Rubberband” at Consequence of Sound.

Read “Love Is Not a Battlefield, and Neither Is Jeni’s: An Afternoon Eating Ice Cream With Hanif Abdurraqib” at The Ringer.

Read “Frances Bean Cobain Launches ‘Kurt Was Here’ Clothing Collection” at Rolling Stone.

ReadBob Dylan announces 2019 US tour dates The 28-date outing launches in October” at Consequence of Sound.

Read “Mark Twain on Racism, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion” at Brain Pickings.

Read “Why ‘Wichita Lineman’ Contains the Greatest Musical Couplet Ever Written” at Lit Hub.

WatchSinéad O’Connor makes epic return on Ireland’s Late Late Show” at Consequence of Sound.

ReadTool’s Maynard James Keenan Addresses Justin Bieber Beef” at Stereogum.

Read an Op-Ed at Relevant: “A Christian Case for Prison Abolition.”

Uh oh! “White Claw announces nationwide shortage.”

Read Christianity Today’s report: “LifeWay’s Stores Are Closing. But Its Christian Books Will Be in More Stores Than Ever.”

Imagine being able to afford these turntables.

Read about the beef stews that’s been simmering for 45 years.

Stream or download a mix that I’ve been listening to in the car during Summer 2019.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Vinyl sales on track to earn more than CDs for first time in over 30 years.”

Read Relevant’s piece: “Scientists: The Loch Ness Monster Might Just Be a Dumb Old Eel.”

Read Salon’s report that the “GOP poised to cancel caucuses and primaries in four states in spite of Trump challengers.”

Read Spin’s report that “Neil Young Announces New Book on the History of Pono.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Meet the Dutch Christians Who Saved Their Jewish Neighbors from the Nazis.”

Read as Eric Trump teaches us how to do good journalism.

Hear Wilco “Debut Four New Originals in Norway” at

Read Katelyn Beaty’s review of Chris Arnade’s book Dignity: “Proximity Over Punditry.”

Read the New York Times opinion piece: “That Assault Weapon Ban? It Really Did Work.”

Read Sojourners’ piece asking us to remember “When American Christians were Socialists.”

Read Huffpost’s piece: “Pete Buttigieg: GOP Will Face A ‘Reckoning’ As Christians Realize Its Hypocrisy.”

Hear “Three Songs From Pernice Brothers’ First Album In 9 Years Spread The Feeling” at stereogum.

Read “The Literary Canon Is Mostly White. Here’s an Alternative Latin American Reading List” at remezcla.

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece: “Judas Priest’s Rob Halford announces holiday album, unveils new song “Donner and Blitzen.”

Read Relevant’s piece: “So, These Glasses Will Physically ‘Nudge’ You If You Stop Paying Attention in Class.”

Here Is Sleater-Kinney's New Drummer” at Exclaim!

Read NPR’s report: “CDC Says Number Of Possible Cases Of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Has Doubled.”

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Baptist College Handbook Authorizes ‘Full Access’ to Students’ Social Media Accounts.”

Read Billboard’s piece: “New Grateful Dead Photography Book Offers Deep Dive Into Jerry Garcia's Life.”

Read about the four-story roastery Starbucks is opening in Chicago.

Read 12News’ report: “Cars with back seat alert systems could help prevent kids left in hot cars.”

Read “A ‘Sabbatical’ From Church? One woman's story of how a break from church has helped remind her of what church is really all about” at Relevant.

Watch Dave Matthews for a solo set at NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Read Aldi’s statement on Twitter: “At ALDI, the safety of our employees, customers and the community is our highest priority. Alongside many other businesses, we are asking that our customers refrain from openly displaying firearms in any of our stores, except for authorized law enforcement personnel.”

ReadChance the Rapper Postpones Tour Following Birth of Second Daughter” at Pitchfork.

Follow KJZZ’s series: “Tracing The Migrant Journey.”

Read “‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence” at Politico.

Read and consider “Brotopia: breaking up the church’s boys club” at Mike

Read: “Survey: 45 Percent of College Students Don’t Think ‘In God We Trust’ Belongs on U.S. Money” at Relevant.

Read’s report: ““There’s A Reward: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Neal Casal” Will Feature Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun, Joe Russo, Dave Dreiwitz, Dave Schools and More.”

The Weekly Town Crier (09/06/19)


All the News that’s fit to cry about. 09/06/19 edition.

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Stream or download a mix that I’ve been listening to in the car during Summer 2019.

Read “Study Shows Increasing Political Divide Between Younger and Older White Evangelicals” at Sojourners.

Watch a tour of a “paranormal bookstore at the Jersey Shore.”

Read PopMatters piece: “Bananarama Turn Up the 'Stereo' for Their First Album in 10 Years.”

Hear “5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone" at Open Culture.

Read “An Oral History Of The Fender Telecaster” at

Read Relevant’s report: “Earlier this week, Justin Bieber led worship at a Churchome service in Beverly Hills.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report that “Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 for $10 Million.”

Read Live For Live Music’s report that “Miles Davis’ Customized ‘Moon And Stars’ Trumpet To Be Sold At Auction.”

Read “Hang on the Box: The Illustrated Story of China’s Female Punk Pioneers” at

Read CNN’s report: “Walmart ends all handgun ammunition sales and asks customers not to carry guns into stores.”

  • Read CNBC’s report: “Kroger joins Walmart in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in stores.”

  • Read Walgreens’ statement: “We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials.”

  • Read NBC News’ report: “Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans join Walmart and Kroger in asking customers to no longer openly carry guns in their stores.”

Read PopSugar’s profile: “Skateboarding Legend Peggy Oki on the Olympics and 40 Years of Smashing Gender Expectations.”

Aloo Gobhi - Instant Pot.

Read Washington Posts’s piece: “It’s a brave new world. Why is our protest music stuck in the past?”

See a newly discovered “Shimmery blue tarantula.”

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece: “The World’s First Piranha Ramen Is No Joke.”

Read about “The Spectacular Failure of the World's Only Hard Rock Theme Park” at Vice.

Read Newsweek’s report that a “Teenager Went Blind After Only Eating Fries, Chips, White Bread, Sausages and Ham Since Elementary School.”

ConsiderBob Dylan’s Overlooked Christian Music” at Sojourners.

Read as Washington Post profiles The Hold Steady.

Stream a new Iggy Pop song at Spin.

Listen as “Animal Collective covered the Silver Jews' "Ballad of Reverend War Character."

Read NPR’s piece: “The Voice That Shattered Glass How Ella Fitzgerald's cassette campaign fueled a late-career renaissance.”

Learn “How peacock spiders use optical illusions to woo females” at National Geographic.

Read: “John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter of Advice to His Lovesick Teenage Son” at Brain Pickings.

Read CNN’s report: “Judge rules White House must give Playboy columnist Brian Karem his press pass back.”

Read about the Banksy artwork stolen in Paris.

See Relevant’s report: “The Thomas Kinkade/Godzilla Mashup You Knew Was Coming Is Finally Here.”

Read AV Club’s piece: “The Art Bell Vault is unlocked, and it's filled with aliens, time travelers, and Bigfoots.”

Read about Atlas Obscura’s piece: “Found in a Record Store: Kurt Cobain’s Royalty Check.”

Read Fatherly’s report that “Netflix Is Ditching the Binge, Will Start Releasing Episodes Weekly.”

Read about the Nashville school banning Harry Potter books, claiming that the books present the "risk conjuring evil spirits".

Free on September 18 and in Phoenix? Celebrate National Bourbon Month w/ Free Whiskey Tasting at the Little Woody.

Browse the piece: “Guinea Pig Halloween Costumes Exist, and Yup, That Is Definitely a Pineapple Suit” at

Read Music Radar’s interview with Peter Hook: Peter Hook: “I’ve never liked to be hidden, and I don’t like to be patronised. I don’t buy into the idea that the bass player is the quiet one”

Hear Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s New Song ‘Milky Way’ at Rolling Stone.PopSugar.

Read/Listen to NPR’s report: “Charlottesville Victims Use Post-Slavery KKK Law To Go After Hate Groups.”

Read as Gen.Medium suggests: “Public Libraries Aren’t Going Extinct — They’re Evolving.”

Read about the TN man suing “Popeyes for running out of chicken sandwiches.”

Watch/Read: “Expert predicts 25% of colleges will "fail" in the next 20 years” at CBS News.

Read/Listen to NPR’s report “Houses Of Worship Find New Life After Congregations Downsize.”

R.I.P. Valerie Harper.

Browse as Book Riot profiles “11 Nonfiction Science Comics For Adults.”

Read National Post’s report: “Secret John Coltrane album was 'hidden in plain sight' as soundtrack for 1964 French-Canadian film.”

Join Rolling Stone in wondering: What is a VSCO Girl?

Read KQED’s report: “San Francisco Officials Designate NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization.”

Browse Rolling Stone’s list of “15 Legendary Unreleased Albums.”

My friend’s son Andy Whiten says: “I updated my site with some recent photo work, film, & more! I’d love to take on additional photo projects when time allows, so if you have any photography needs, you can view my work and contact me here!” Visit

Watch a new video from The Messthetics; “Touch Earth Touch Sky”, at Stereogum.

Read as Aquarium Drunkard interviews Tinariwen.

Read as the New York Times profiles Stephen King.

The Weekly Town Crier (08/30/19)


All the week’s news that’ fit to cry about.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Watch as “Meat Loaf discusses the music in 'Bat Out of Hell The Musical'.

Read as Relevant magazine wonders: “Why did Jerry Falwell Jr. reportedly steer the sale of $1.2 million in Liberty property to his young personal trainer for no money down, a low interest rate and then have the school lease part of it back from him?”

Read Slate’s piece: “Governing by Owning the Libs When a president’s entire motivation is to antagonize the people who didn’t vote for him.”

Read and wonder: “Bake Off fans in love with Noel Fielding’s Dinosaur Jr. jumper - can you buy it?”

Read Relevant’s piece: “Whoa, Benny Hinn Is Rejecting the Prosperity Gospel: ‘I’m Correcting My Theology’".

Read/Listen to “Columnfortably Numb: Psych Rock For September Reviewed By JR Moores” at Quietus.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “R.E.M. Announce Monster Reissue With Unreleased Music The six-disc 25th anniversary edition comes with unheard demos and a live performance.”

Browse as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival announces its 2019 lineup.

Read Raw Story’s report: “Infowars’ Sandy Hook appeal goes down in flames as judge orders Alex Jones to ‘pay all costs’.

Read Open Culture’s piece: “Why Should You Read Haruki Murakami? An Animated Video on His “Epic Literary Puzzle” Kafka on the Shore Makes the Case.”

Read Stereogum’s report: “Ohio Man Sues After Legless Juggalo Crashes Into Him With A Golf Cart At Insane Clown Posse Gathering: He was operating the golf cart peddles with a baseball bat.”

Read Travel and Leisure’s piece: “These Key West Hotels Offer Waterproof Books You Can Read in the Pool.”

Read Phoenix New Times’ report: “Former Revolver Records Building Will Become Evolve Arts Space in Roosevelt Row.”

Read NPR’s piece: “After Months In A Dish, Lab-Grown Minibrains Start Making 'Brain Waves'.

Help Janet Weiss Get Back On Her Feet at GoFundMe.

So, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters wanted to start a petition to get Oasis to reunite so Noel Gallagher says he wants to start a petition to get Foo Fighters to break up. Read about it at NME.

See “Inside Jazz Great Dave Brubeck's Groovy Connecticut Home” at Town and Country.

Read as Wisconsin Public Radio wonders: “What Ever Happened To The Pop Song Fade-Out? The History Behind Bringing A Song To Silence.”

Read as The Hollywood Reporter reports that Audible is being sued by U.S. Publishers over the question of whether or not transcripts of audio books are . . . books.

Read Slate’s report “Netflix Confirms Rumors: Breaking Bad Movie Will Be Released in October.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Leslie Jones, Alec Baldwin exit SNL.”

I didn't know who Bret Stephens was until this week. Now he will always be the Bedbug Guy. See what tattling can do to you, kids?!

Read Stereogum’s report that Xylouris White (featured on Episode 03 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow) have announced their new album The Sisypheans and shared a new video.

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Sting Condemns Brazil’s Handling of Amazon Fires: ‘We Will All Suffer the Consequences’Sting Condemns Brazil’s Handling of Amazon Fires: ‘We Will All Suffer the Consequences’

Read the Washington Posts’s report: “Mormon leaders explicitly ban guns from houses of worship.”

Read’s report: “Phil Lesh Cancels Festival Appearances to Undergo Back Surgery.”

Browse “The Most Disgusting Canned Foods” at Ranker.

Head to Facebook and RSVP for John Doe’s book signing at Zia Records Chandler.

Consider “Back in the Habit: Creedal Faith and “Sister Act” at Mockingbird.

Read about the “Teen who registered people to vote as they waited in line at Popeyes.”

Visit Live For Live Music to “Celebrate Oteil Burbridge’s 55th Birthday With His Dead & Co Lead Vocal Debuts.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Eva Longoria to direct Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie Flamin' Hot will tell the story of the man behind the popular snack.”

Read “Kim Gordon interview: on art, life after Sonic Youth and her debut solo album, No Home Record” at The Times.

Read “More UFOs Than Ever Before” at The Paris Review.

Watch The Muppets perform “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Read about the garbage man who “saved 25,000 books and turned them into a library. The pictures are amazing.”

Read AV Club’s piece “How can you not check out a movie called The VelociPastor?”

Read PopSugar’s report: “Disney's New Pixar Movie, Soul, Will Feature Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and a Whole Lotta Jazz.”

Listen to the Christianity Today podcast episode: “Grief Is Inevitable. It Doesn't Have to Be Inevitably Lonely.”

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Scoring New Pixar Movie Soul.”

Read the Washington Post’s piece: “Dairy Queen burgers are not made of human flesh, a county coroner is forced to confirm.”

Read Nippon’s profile: ““Sazae-san” and “Chibi Maruko-chan”: Two of Japan’s Most Beloved Anime.”

Read: “Get Involved, Internet: Help They Might Be Giants raise money for separated families and asylum-seeking minors” at AV Club.”

Browse “The Story of Outlaw Country in 33 Songs” at Pitchfork.

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “'It Was One Problem After Another': How Woodstock 50 Fell Apart.”

Browse Pitchfork’s picks for “The 25 Best Music Videos of the 1970s.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report “Peter Murphy has “made a full recovery” after suffering heart attack.”

Browse Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist.

Read AV Club’s report: “Black Panther II is coming in 2022.”

Browse the Englewood Review of Books’ list of “Fall 2019 Most Anticipated Books for Christian Readers!”

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “How Prison Ministry Inspired an All-Female Audio Bible.”

Read Bandcamp’s piece “The Indonesian Underground: From Its Political Roots to the Present Day.”

Read Rolling Stone’s piece: “The Young and the Sexless There’s a new sexual revolution going on: young men and women getting off on not getting it on. Meet the Christian soldiers who are fighting the fire down below.”

Read Pro Publica’s piece: “How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon.”

Watch the live-action Lady and the Tramp trailer at Rolling Stone.

Watch Bob Weir sit in with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.

Read The Guardian’s piece: “'My father said I should be looking after the cows': the first female Tuareg guitarist: Fatou Seidi Ghali once had to practise on her brother’s guitar in secret. She and her band, Les Filles de Illighadad, are now taking the world by storm.” Listen to Les Filles de Illighadad on Episode 46 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Read Vinyl Factory’s report: “Tricky announces his autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner.”

Read The Atlantic’s report: “The Proud Boys’ Real Target They are endangering both American citizens and American ideals at large.”

Read as New York Times considers “How Feist’s ‘1234’ Turned Into a ‘Sesame Street’ Blockbuster.”

Read America: A Jesuit Review’s piece: “We need to stop reacting to Trump—and start responding. There’s a big difference.”

Read: “Jerry Garcia on Saving the World’s Rainforests: 30 years ago, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead spoke to High Times about preserving the rainforests.”

Read about the “Foucault Pendulum at the Franklin Institute” at Atlas Obscura.

Read as the Phoenix New Times reports “The Full Lineup for the 2019 Apache Lake Music Festival.”

R.I.P. “David Koch, conservative donor and philanthropist.”

R.I.P. Neal Casal.

R.I.P. Pedro Bell (??/??/?? - 08/27/19)

R.I.P. Donnie Fritts (11/08/42 - 08/27/19)

Wonder “What Does an Ancient Pot Sound Like?” at Pitchfork.

Read “Meet The Edelweiss Pirates: The Little-Known Teenaged Resistance Fighters Of Nazi Germany” at All That’s Interesting.

Read Gallup’s piece “Sermon Content Is What Appeals Most to Churchgoers.”

Stream a new track from Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier at Consequence of Sound ahead of their collaborative album

Watch Derek Trucks sit in with the Trey Anastasio Band at Live For Live Music.

Read Relevant’s report: “People Are Getting Sued Over the Billy Graham Rule Now: A sheriff's deputy says he was fired for refusing to work alone with a woman. Now he's suing for religious discrimination.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s “Social Distortion announce 40th anniversary show with Joan Jett, The Distillers, The Kills, and more.”

Stream a new track from Trey Anastasio and watch Trey Anastasio sit in with Khruangbin at LOCKN’.

Read about “That Time Keith Richards Found Muddy Waters Painting the Ceiling at Chess Studios.”

Read Stereogum’s report “Death Row Records Is Now Owned By Hasbro.”

Read Exclaim’s report “Colin Stetson Is Scoring a Nicolas Cage Film.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Eddie Money Reveals Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer Diagnosis.”

Read Pitchfork’s report “Why the Eminem Vs. Spotify Case May Be Headed to the Supreme Court.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report “David Byrne Launches Online Magazine ‘Reasons to Be Cheerful’

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece “Emma Stone is punk rock Cruella de Vil in first image from upcoming prequel.”

Read: “How Competitive Walking Captivated Georgian Britain In 1815, thousands of people came to watch George Wilson, the “Blackheath Pedestrian,” walk 1,000 miles” at Atlas Obscura.

Read Relevant’s piece “Rev. William Barber Calls on Democrats to Host a Presidential Debate on Poverty.”

The Weekly Town Crier (08/23/19)


All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “John Coltrane’s 1964 Album Blue World Gets First Ever Release.”

Read as Slate wonders “Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents?”

Read the report “Wycliffe Hall announces the appointment of N.T. Wright as their Senior Research Fellow.”

Read Boing Boing’s piece “The world's largest occult library has a public online archive.”

Read GQ’s piece: “Bon Iver’s Latest Album Is a Celebration of What It Means to Be Human.”

Read KEXP’s report: “Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Proclaims August 22, 2019 as Layne Staley Day.”

Read as Pitchfork considers “How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services.”

Stream a new GospelbeacH ballad at PopMatters.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report “Thom Yorke curates one-off zine.”

Browse Phoenix New Times’ list “Mural City: See How Artists Are Transforming Roosevelt Row in Phoenix.”

HearMotörhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s Lost Country Duet ‘The Mask’ at Rolling Stone.

Read Exclaim’s report: “Willie Nelson Is Making CBD Products for Pets.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Dave Chappelle Plots Block Party to Benefit Victims of Dayton Shooting.”

Read as Aquarium Drukard interviews Bill Callahan.

Hear Neil Gaiman Read “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” His Lovely Present for Bradbury’s 91st and Final Birthday.”

Read Town and Country’s piece “Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here's What He Chose For Her Shelves.”

Stream a new Animal Collective track at Spin.

Watch a new video from Tinariwen featuring Cass McCombs.

Read as Spin considers the musical evolution of David Berman.

Read NPR’s interview with Sleater-Kinney.

Read 'Trout Mask Replica' at 50 at PopMatters.

Read as The Chicago Sun-Times profiles The Hold Steady.

Read Exclaim’s report: “The 'Breaking Bad' Movie Has Already Been Filmed, Says Bob Odenkirk.”

Browse as Paste previews the Fall’s upcoming books on music.

Stream a new Sturgill Simpson track at NPR.

Read The Guardian’s report “'It's an act of defiance': the rise of all-female festival lineups.”

Read NPR’s piece “Looking Back On 'Bitches Brew': The Year Miles Davis Plugged Jazz In.”

Read Wall Street Journal’s report: “Health Insurers Set to Expand Offerings Under the ACA.”

Read 12 News’ piece “Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns.”

Hear Patty Griffin cover Tom Waits for a new project. Yes, please.

Read AZ Central’s report “Undocumented Arizona high school graduates will get tuition break at state universities.”

Read Slate’s report: “How Billie Eilish Brought Lil Nas X to the End of the “Road”.

Read Sojourner’s piece: “PRAY FOR THE PRESIDENT? It's challenging to offer thanksgiving for a presidency filled with so much cruelty.”

Please enjoy this soothing footage of a migrating herd of wild air mattresses” at Audio Visual Club.

Read Pitchfork’s report “Elephant 6 Documentary Is Out Now...On VHS.”

Browse “A Beginner’s Guide to the kaleidoscopic music of Stereolab” at Treble.

R.I.P. “Canned Heat Bassist Larry Taylor Dead at 77.”

Consider “The Mysterious Disappearance of Ambrose Bierce” at How Stuff Works.

Read “Finding Winnie: The Improbable and Touching Real-Life Story of the Baby Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh” at Brain Pickings.

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece: “David Lynch announces massive Twin Peaks: From Z to A box set Collecting just about every piece of Twin Peaks content imaginable.”

Regardless of your political persuasion, is it too much to say that we miss having a President who gave out reading lists instead of insults? Browse Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List.

Read about the South Carolina teacher sues her own school district, claiming that “the district broke state and federal laws by requiring her to pay for school supplies out of her own pocket and work for free at school-related events.”

Read as Relevant considers “A New Kind of Prosperity Gospel.”

Browse AZ Central’s list of “12 local bands you need to know in metro Phoenix.”

Read Pitchfork’s report: “How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services.”

Read as Pete Enns reminds us: “America Is Not in the Bible.”

Read Human Rights Watch’s report: “US: New Rules Allow Indefinite Detention of Children.”

Read as Nerdist wonders “Why People Forget Neil Gaiman Wrote MONONOKE’s Dub.”

Listen as Bon Iver “explodes” the song “Holyfields” from 2019’s i,i.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Taylor Swift Says She Plans to Re-Record Her Back Catalog to Regain Control of Her Masters.”

Read Fatherly’s piece “Highlights Magazine Denounced Migrant Family Separations. This Is What Happened Next.” Highlights Magazine has more guts than many of our churches.

ReadJoan Didion on Grief” at Brain Pickings.

Read NPR’s piece: “Billie Full Of Grace: How Billie Holiday Learned To Sing At The House Of The Good Shepherd.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “How US Churches Cover Millions in Medical Debt.”

Read PopMatters’ review of the recent Sun Ra Arkestra San Francisco shows: “The Sun Ra Arkestra Brings Interplanetary Music to San Francisco.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “David Hasselhoff’s new album features “Sweet Caroline” with Ministry, and other odd collaborative covers.”

Read the Daily Mail’s report: “NFL players help pay $50,000 cash bail of undocumented immigrant who spent 89 days in an ICE detention center after reciting 'Dear America' poem that blasted US immigration policies at city board meeting.”

Hear “All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'African Giant

Read as Relevant wonders: “Wait, Is Trump Calling Himself the ‘King of Israel’ and ‘Second Coming of God’?”

Read CNet’s report: “Antisurveillance clothes foil cameras by making you look like a car.”

Read Spin’s 1988 with Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Read as Ibram X. Kendi talks about his book How To Be An Antiracist with NPR Books.

Read The Guardian’s piece “Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism.” And, please, if you haven’t read Maus, please do so.

Hear The Highwomen's new statement song, 'Highwomen' at The Current.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report “Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce COLORADO, the band’s first new album in seven years.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “Shane Claiborne on guns, love and why he wants a new Christian narrative.”

Read WDRB’s report “Florida vacation home invaded by vomiting vultures.”

Watch the Trailer For Bruce Springsteen’s Concert Film ‘Western Stars’” at Rolling Stone.

Read Slate’s answer to your question “What Happened to Sha Na Na?”

Read Artnet’s report “Experts in Pompeii Have Discovered a Female Sorcerer’s Mysterious Arsenal of Charms—See Them Here.”

R.I.P. Henri Belolo (co-founder of the Village People.) (11/36 - 08/03/19).

Read The Palm Beach Post’s report “After sex scandal, Billy Graham’s grandson is starting a church in Palm Beach Gardens.”

Read Brooklyn Vegan’s piece “Henry Rollins talks bigotry in the Trump era, separating art from artist, and more.”

Read The Daily Beast’s piece “How Slave Owners Dictated the Language of the 2nd Amendment Southern aristocrats wanted armed militias mainly to control their slaves. So they wanted language in the new nation's constitution protecting that right.”

Watch Mister Rogers cut a record.

ReadRichard Rohr On White Privilege” at Sojourners. "White privilege is largely hidden from our eyes if we are white."

Read Artnet’s report “A Long-Lost Set of Sketches From Beloved Classic ‘The Little Prince’ Has Turned Up in a Swiss Storage Facility.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report “Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Threaten Phish Labor Day Event.”

Read as Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talks with Radio Milwaukee.

Read Stereogum’s report of Kim Gordon’s debut solo album and watch a new video.

Read Variety’s report “‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski.”

Read IGN’s report: “Spider-Man Out of the MCU If Marvel, Sony Can't Reach Deal.”

  • Read as Salon asks: “How many times must "Spider-Man" die, Sony?”

  • Read C/Net’s report: “Stan Lee's daughter speaks out against Marvel/Disney in Spidey spat "No one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives,"

Browse Uproxx’s list: “We Had Brewers Tell Us The One IPA You Have To Try.”

Stream Brittany Howard’s new track “He Loves Me” at Stereogum.

Read/Watch Open Culture’s piece: “The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders: A Tokyo Restaurant Where All the Servers Are People Living with Dementia.”

Read Buzzfeed News’ report: “Chinese Media Is Running Facebook Ads To Convince Westerners The Country’s Detention Centers Aren’t Human Rights Violations.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “Churches Are Saving Ethiopia's Last Remaining Native Trees.”

Read as The Millions considers “Maya Angelou in the Kitchen.”

Read as Jesca Hoop discusses her favorite albums with Quietus.

Read Salon’s piece: “As cannabis cuts into spirits spending, distillers release "hemped" products.”

Read as Kathleen Hanna breaks down Bikini KIll's "Rebel Girl" for NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Read as PopMatters interviews Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

Browse Inside Hook’s list of reissue labels to watch.

Read “When Robert Smith and David Bowie interviewed each other” at Far Out Magazine.

Listen to Daniel Johnston’s wonderfully menacing cover of The Beatles ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ at Far Out Magazine.

See “George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” Illustrated by Ralph Steadman” at Brain Pickings.

Watch “David Lynch Teaches You to Cook His Quinoa Recipe in a Weird, Surrealist Video” at Open Culture.

Hear the gun-control-benefit song “Fish In A Gun Barrel” from NOFX.

Read “Lord Byron’s Moving Elegy for His Beloved Dog” at Brain Pickings.

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Southwestern Distances Itself from Paige Patterson in Sex Abuse Lawsuit.” Even after all these years, Paige Patterson is still blaming the Calvinists.

Hear the new Robbie Robertson song ‘Let Love Reign’ featuring Glen Hansard.

Read “Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer” at Brain Pickings.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Concert Company Sofar Sounds Under Investigation by New York State Department of Labor.”

Read Stereogum’s piece: “Björk Announces Utopia Box Set With 14 Handmade Birdcall Flutes.”

Read/Hear PRI’s piece: “Hieronymus Bosch painted sheet music on a man's butt and now you can hear it.”

Read Pitchfork’s piece: “Toni Morrison and the Music of Black Life.”

R.I.P. Peter Fonda.

Watch “Live Footage Timeline of Pink Floyd Transitioning From Syd Barrett to David Gilmour From 1967 Through 1972” at Laughing Squid.

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece: “Slayer apparently too “terrifying” for NASCAR as band’s sponsorship is pulled due to “reactionary concerns”

Browse Phoenix New Times’ list of “21 Movies You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Filmed In Arizona.”

Watch deleted scenes of the Grateful Dead at Woodstock.

In light of the Trump administration re-writing American Values, consider Slate’s piece “The Complicated History of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus”.

Read “45 Minutes From Stardom: What It's Like Performing at Madison Square Garden as the Opener” at Billboard.

Read Phoenix New Times’ piece: “True North Studio Plans Seven-Story Parking Garage in Roosevelt Row.”

Read about “Syria's first lady receiving top medical care in a Damascus hospital to cure her of her cancer while her husband bombs hospitals in areas held by the armed opposition.”

Explore “Two Hundred Years of Blue” at Brain Pickings.

Read “Ezra Koenig Interviews Foster the People’s Mark Foster About Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracy Theory” at Pitchfork.

ReadTalk Talk’s Mark Hollis and the Language of Silence” at Vulture.

Read as Relevant wonders “Should Christians Participate In Partisan Politics?”

Read Religion News Service’s piece: “With a flurry of recent actions, President Donald Trump’s administration is now winning conservative religious leaders' praise for aggressively fulfilling many of their goals for his presidency.”

Read Relevant’s interview with Scot McKnight: “Why the Book of Romans Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means.”

Read CNBC’s piece: “The US won’t provide flu vaccines to migrant families at border detention camps.”

Read the New York Times report: “Fires in Amazon Rain Forest Have Surged This Year.”

Read Francis Beckwith’s piece “God Is Not A Scientific Hypothesis” at The Catholic Thing.

The Weekly Town Crier (08/16/19)


Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. Here’s a collection of some of the links I found particularly interesting this week. What’s been on your mind?

Browse the “Complete Archive of Folk Music For All Countries.”

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Read/Watch about the “Man wearing TV on head caught on camera leaving old TVs on Virginia front porches.”

Watch Paul Simon & Bob Weir duet on "The Boxer" at JamBase.

ReadKurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Our Human Responsibility” at Brain Pickings.

Because I know you were wondering: “Q&AZ: How Many State Parks Does Arizona Have?

Watch the piece “SPAM is jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. Really.”

Watch “1,000 Musicians Gather To Cover Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”

Watch Stephen Colbert say that president Trump is a “heretic to reality,” saying: “Our president wants to live in a fantasy world where only the way he perceives the world is the way it is, only things that sort of serve his vision, and he's also trying to convince us that that is the only world that exists. It's extremely solipsistic. But he's also trying to invite us into this madness that he has, and that is heresy against reality."

Read “How Two Sisters Started Miami's First Afro-Cuban, Woman-Owned Cigar Company” at Miami New Times.

Read about the “driver at a quasi-privately run immigration detention facility in Rhode Island drove their pickup truck last night into a crowd of 'Jews Against ICE' protesters, seriously injuring a 64-year-old man, and others.” “Captain Thomas Woodworth has been placed on administrative leave.”

Read as ABC News and Good Morning America finds “36 cases invoking 'Trump' in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults.”

Watch Cardi B and Bernie Sanders Talk About the Issues at a Detroit nail salon” at Flood Magazine.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “St. Elmo’s Fire series being developed by NBC.”

Read/watch as Republican Steve King tries to defend a total ban on abortions by arguing that rape and incest have helped grow society.

Read Slate’s piece: “The New Hate Pastors Sarah Silverman is “a God-hating whore of Zionism.” We need to “Make America Straight Again.” How a new class of religious zealots is going viral—and already tearing itself apart.”

Read Universal-Sci’s piece: “The Milky Way’s Black Hole Just Flared, Growing 75 Times As Bright For A Few Hours!”

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece about “Champing,” or “Camping in Abandoned Medieval Churches.”

Read as Christianity Today argues: “Preaching Against Racism Is Not a Distraction from the Gospel.”

Read Sojourners piece: “Politically Homeless: How Republicans — and Democrats — Are Leaving Many Christians Behind.”

Read AV Club’s piece: “Hugh Grant says Paddington 2 is his best movie, so don't tell him otherwise.”

Read AV Club’s piece: “Flea is dropping a dreamy, jazz-inflected memoir later this year.”

Read “Tom Waits: Our 1985 Interview, Tom Waits for No Man” at Spin.

Stream Here Lies Man’s new album ‘No Ground To Walk Upon’ at Brooklyn Vegan.

Watch the “the Trailer for Terrence Malick’s New Religious War Drama ‘A Hidden Life’” at Relevant.

Hear “Wooden Wand – The Thump Sessions” at Raven Sings The Blues.

Read “Voice of the Desert: After Making a Name at Gawker and Wonkette, Ken Layne Created the 'Desert Oracle' to Showcase the Wacky, Weird and Wonderful of the High Desert” at

Read as report: “Garcia Peoples Announce Five-Night Nublu Residency.”

Listen to Jeff Tweedy with Tape Op.

Read the Santa Maria Times’ piece: “Santa Barbara County supervisors agree to use cannabis revenue to close three libraries’ budget gaps.”

Read Post-Punk’s report: “Peter Murphy Suffers Heart Attack During NYC Residency.”

Read the Riverfront Times’ piece: ‘Burglary Suspects Foiled by Meddling Comic Book Store Owner’.

Read the Independent’s 2011 piece: “Douglas Adams said it was the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. He meant it as a joke, but a new book shows how the number 42 has played a significant role in history.”

Pre-Order the latest Garcia Peoples album One Step Behind at Bandcamp.

Read about the Americana Awards giving Elvis Costello a Lifetime Honor at Variety.

Read about the “The pickle sandwich” (pickles instead of bread) at The Take Out.

Read “Mr. Bungle reunite for first concerts in 20 years” at Consequence of Sound.

Browse Treble Zine’s “Top 150 Albums of the ’70s.”

Relive the moment Andy Warhol went digital with his portrait of Blondie’s Debbie Harry” with Far Out Magazine.

Watch “Watch Jeff Buckley Tear Through ‘Mojo Pin’ in Previously Unreleased Video” at Rolling Stone.

Read as Rolling Stone considers the question we’ve all been wondering: “How Randy Newman ended up on a Chance the Rapper song.”

Read Vinyl Factory’s piece: ‘Krautrock guitarist Dominik von Senger collages archival recordings on Brüsseler Platz.”

Download “oichai daen-isan: molam brake taek” from

Read “Arizona's Troubadour Hans Olson Reflects on 50 Years” at Phoenix New Times.

To celebrate the return of AMC’s Lodge 49 for season 02, read Jason Woodbury’s talk with show “creator Jim Gavin about the “inexhaustible metaphor” of alchemy and secret societies—and the gap between the seen and unseen—last fall for Aquarium Drunkard. No big spoilers, so feel free to read even if you're not caught all the way up.”

Read Vulture’s piece “Lodge 49 Wants to Be the ‘Least Aspirational Show on TV’.

Stream the first episode of Lodge 49 Season Two at the AMC site.

Read AZ Central’s piece: “Misfiled in the Don Bolles files: Filming 1976's 'A Star Is Born' at Sun Devil Stadium,” which reports about “A misplaced document shows how "A Star Is Born" producers got crowd scenes for the movie. They put on a dirt-cheap concert at Sun Devil Stadium.”

Read Relevant’s piece about Hillsong writer Marty Sampson, who says: “I’m genuinely losing my faith, and it doesn’t bother me. Like, what bothers me now is nothing."

  • Read as Michael Frost wonders: “What could have helped Marty Sampson's faith?”

  • Read Relevant’s piece: “Marty Sampson Has Responded to the Skillet Frontman’s Viral Criticism of His Doubts About Faith,” in which Sampson is cited as saying: “Wow. Where do I begin? What right have you to put words in my mouth? I wouldn’t presume to put words in yours."

ReaRead as Vanity Fair profile Ta-Nehisi Coates about his forthcoming novel, The Water Dancer.

R.I.P. Toni Morrison.

  • Read as the New York Times considers 12 of Morrison’s most memorable quotes.

  • Read as the New York Times considers “Toni Morrison’s Essays and Criticism".

  • Read as The Believer considers “Five Poems by Toni Morrison.”

  • Read as Image Journal reflects: “Toni Morrison Wrote the Novel That Will Help America Heal.”

R.I.P. David Berman.

  • Read as Jagjaguwar remembers Berman.

  • Read one of Berman’s last interviews with City Pages.

  • Read as “Drag City Shares Eulogy For David Berman” at Stereogum.

  • Read as Thomas Beller remembers Berman for the Los Angeles Times.

  • Watch Phosphorescent, Hiss Golden Messenger & more cover Silver Jews songs live in tribute to David Berman at Brooklyn Vegan.

  • Read Pitchfork’s piece: “David Berman Changed the Way So Many of Us See the World.”

Stream a new track from Moon Duo at Paste Magazine.

Read David French’s piece “Another Pop-Culture Christian Loses His Faith” for National Review which states in part: “Christians are not prepared for the social consequences of the profound cultural shifts — especially in more secular parts of the nation. They’re afraid to say what they believe, not because they face the kind of persecution that Christians face overseas but because they’re simply not prepared for any meaningful adverse consequences in their careers or with their peers.”

Reserve your place at Arizona’s Changing Hands Bookstore for a Debbie Harry book reading.

Read NPR’s piece: “On The Border With Maybelle Carter And Lydia Mendoza.”

Read as Brian Falduto (“the gay kid from School of Rock,”) shares new, exciting chapters of his life.

Browse Dead & Co.’s Fall tour dates at Jam Base.

Read as Pitchfork reports: “A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault in Sweden.”

Read as Aquarium Drunkard interviews Terry Allen.

Watch “Stereolab perform “Miss Modular” live in Chicago for Pitchfork Music Festival 2019.”

Stream a new song from the Pixies at Spin.

Help Preemptive Love help Refugee kids get an education.

Read as Vice considers “Ten Essential Books That Illustrate Toni Morrison's Literary Legacy.”

Read as Aauarium Drunkard reconsiders Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy as the album turns 30.

Read as The Current Rewind interviews Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker about their 25 years in the band Low.

Read “Duane Allman 1957 Goldtop Les Paul Scores $1.25 Million At Auction” at Jam Base.

Watch the latest trailer for “The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance” which AV Club says “somehow looks even more impressive” than the last. What do you think?

Stream a new Guided By Voices song at Brooklyn Vegan.

Read as The New York Times recommends books to better understand the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read NBC News’ piece: “'Green shirt guy' goes viral over reaction to 'sanctuary city' heckler.”

Read as #GreenShirtGuy considers “How I went viral’ at CNN in which he states: “I was lucky in many ways to be where I was: inches away from hate but miles away from danger. In another locale, or with different bigots, I could have been in serious trouble."

Read Rolling Stone’s report that “Lady Gaga is Funding Classrooms In Cities Affected By Recent Mass Shootings.”

Read about the “Lost David Bowie, Krautrock, and Sly Stone Outtakes Found in Fab Philly Funk Soul Archive” at Dangerous Minds.

Stream a new song from Mudhoney: ““One Bad Actor” from their upcoming EP Morning In America.

Read “Relevant’s” piece "How to Grieve With People Who Are Suffering” and please let me know what you think.

Read as Brooklyn Vegan looks back on The Stooges' debut album, released 50 years ago.

Read What’s Your Grief’s piece: “Grief and Regrief (aka growing up with a grief monster).”

Stream a new track from New Pornographers at Spin.

Read The Telegraph’s piece: “Why diners look like trains – a brief history of the American fast food icon.”

See John Coltrane’s “Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music.”

Read “Jon Foreman on Mass Shootings: ‘This Is a Volcano That We Need to Face’” at “Relevant.”

Stream a new track from Bat For Lashes at Spin.

Stream a playlist of cover songs curated by David Byrne.

Browse Egyptian Street’s post: “Summer Read Suggestions: 11 Literary Works by Egyptian Writers.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “Jesus, Deliver Us from This Racist Evil Age” which states: “Regardless of political affiliation, Christians must not play political games with racism and white supremacy. We must reject all forms and expressions of racism and white supremacy. We must not employ racist rhetoric about image-bearers who are immigrants and people of color. We must not dehumanize or hate any image-bearer based on the color of their skin (Asian, black, brown, or white).”

Stream a new song from Elbow featuring Jesca Hoop.

Read AV Club’s piece: “A TV adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast is in the works.”

Read Relevant’s piece: “Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Forms Social Justice Partnership with the NFL.”

Read’ report that ZZ Top has announced a biographical documentary.

Listen to a new song from the Muffs at Brooklyn Vegan.

Read NPR World Cafe’s piece: “T Bone Burnett On Producing Legends And Singing His Own Tunes.”

Stream the new Sleater-Kinney song ““Can I Go On” at Stereogum.

  • Watch “Sleater-Kinney Perform ‘Stripped Down’ Version of New Song ‘Broken’” at Rolling Stone.

  • Read as Hanif Abdurraquib considers “What It Means To Listen To Sleater-Kinney Now” for NPR Music.

Hear Eamon Fogarty and Chris Schlarb of Psychic Temple’s free-jazz version of Chris Bell of Big Star's "I Am the Cosmos" at Aquarium Drunkard.

Read about the “Single Dad Has Fostered More Than 50 Young Men In The Last 12 Years” at HuffPost.

Read “Boots In Transit: An Appreciation of the Dead on Cassette” by J Jackson Toth at Aquarium Drunkard.

Read about “President Trump’s top immigration official suggested a footnote to the iconic poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty,” to say: “Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” Later, clarifying himself: “Trump official says Statue of Liberty poem is about Europeans.”

See Shepard Fairey’s largest mural yet in Vancouver.

Read Rolling Stone’s piece: “Museum of London to Host ‘The Clash: London Calling’ Exhibition.”

Read’s piece: “Jimmy Cliff and 'The Harder They Come': 'It's the story of politics and religion.'

Listen To David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart Perform As ‘David And The Dorks’ at Live For Live Music.

Read AZ Central’s piece: “Toxic groundwater lies beneath Phoenix, and a cleanup has been delayed for years.”

Read the Relix report: “Apparently Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Dropped Acid Backstage with Dead & Company”.

Read the Brooklyn Vegan report: “Dave Navarro, Billy Idol & more performing Stooges & Bowie albums at benefit show.”

Watch a 1952 Anti-Prejudice PSA at

Read NPR Music’s report: “Los Tigres Del Norte Announce Documentary, Album Of Historic Folsom Prison Concert.”

Read Stuff’s report: “Crowded House reunite to headline Aussie music festival.”

Read AZ Central’s report: “Jimmy Eat World drummer calls out Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins on Twitter after tour.”

Hear Amanda Palmer Read Wendell Berry’s Stunningly Prescient Poem “Questionnaire” at Brain PIckings.

New music from Sahel Sounds! “Tuareg guitar gets the electronic treatment, with a reissue of the cassette by legendary Nigerien composer Abdallah Oumbadougou. Produced in Benin in 1995, “Anou Malane” is one of the first studio recordings of Tuareg guitar”.

Watch the Highwomen and Jimmy Fallon Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’” at Rolling Stone.